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Unbe-LEAF-able Fall Colors at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Who needs to go to New England to see the spectacular fall colors, if you have one of the most beautiful & unbe-leaf-able foliage destinations within easy driving distance from Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Washington DC, and Baltimore at Deep Creek Lake, MD?

Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County have been consistently ranked as one of the #1 places to view fall foliage, and it does not disappoint! You start seeing beautiful color changes in mid-September to about early November.

Deep Creek Lake is a 4-season destination and fall has so much to offer. After summer ends, life hustles and bustles with school, work, and other obligations. With the short drive Deep Creek is the perfect weekend getaway to unwind.

Chalet Alpenglow provides the perfect accomodation for an autumn Girl's Weekend with Rejuventation, Relaxation, and Sisterhood or a Fall Family Getaway at Deep Creek Lake to reconnect with each other and make memories. We have planned your weekend for you, see the tips below. All you need to do, is to book your stay at Chalet Alpenglow.

The Agenda for a perfect Ladies' Weekend at Chalet Alpenglow:


Arrive at Chalet Alpenglow in the afternoon and enjoy the serene setting on the big deck overlooking Wisp mountain and our community pond. Check in is at 4pm. The fully equiped kitchen makes it fun to cook a meal together. No need to bring food, the "Shop N Save Fresh" supermarket is 5 min away and offers everything you need. On the way back, stop at Mc Henry Beverage Shoppe to get some Prosecco and wine to start your ladies weekend with a sparkle.

As an alternative, if you don't want to cook, go to Moonshadow. The restaurant is just 3 min from Chalet Alpenglow and they serve amazing food - fresh, healthy, free of preservatives and additives, locally grown and sustainable. They offer indoor & outdoor dining, delivery & carry-out, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and pescatarian options.

If you are back at Chalet Alpenglow by sunset, make sure you enjoy the beautiful sunset with its many colors and shades from our deck. A great opportunity to take pictures of the group for memories. After dinner, go downstairs in our family room, play a round of pool, darts, or some board games. You can also just relax in our comfy couches and watch a chick flick on our big movie screen or just catch up with your girls. Once it's dark outside enjoy our new clean 8 person hot tub with thousands of stars above you and lights twinkling around you.


Start with a homemade breakfast at Chalet Alpenglow or go to Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, which is just 5 min away in the same shopping center as the supermarket, to enjoy a homestyle breakfast and great baked goods. For a quick bite, stop by the famous Deep Creek coffee shop, Traders Coffee, and enjoy one of their delicious coffees or lattes and a bagel sandwiches, quiches, or pastries.

Depending what you want your weekend to look like, here are some ideas what to do next:

After a good breakfast, start the day with an easy two-mile hike in Swallow Falls State Park. You can hike to three beautiful waterfalls and enjoy the fall colors of the surrunding trees. You can either drive into the official parking area or park

your car in the small parking lot on the left, right before you cross the little bridge. Then start your hike across the street from this parking lot. This way you have the best water access and can dip your feet in the cold water of the Youghiogheny river, if you like to. Alternatively, book a hiking or kayaking tour for your group with Allearthtours

After this adventure, it might be time for lunch. Either stop at the close by Swallow Falls Country Store for a quick bite or drive to Uno Chicago Grill. It is the perfect location for lunch at the water with a nice inside or outside area.

Then you are ready for some shopping therapy. Start at The Tourist Trap & Christmas

Store, two fun little store next to each other with a nice variety of gifts, souvenirs and knick knacks. Then check out Cashmere Clothing, a unique boutique for womens clothing and unique hand-crafted jewelry. Next to it is an adorable woman-owned boutique called A Mountain Fix, featuring a curated collection of the coolest gifts, gourmet eats and treats, apparel, lake themed décor and the area’s largest selection of fine sterling silver jewelry. Drive further up to Mc Henry and stop at Bear Creek Traders, featuring a wide variety of items: clothes, toys, puzzles, books, home decor, candy/snacks, souvenirs, and a whole aisle of black bear decor! If you still have enery (or money) left, make your way to School House Earth, a specialty gift and gourmet food shop with jewelry, ladies accessories, home decor, kitchen accessories, toys and gifts.

If you want to add some selfcare to the day, treat yourself to a relaxing massage, facial, or mani-/pedicure at Massage at the Lake which is only 5 min from Chalet Alpenglow. Make sure you make the appointment in advance.

After a busy day it's time to come back to Chalet Alpenglow to regroup. Take a nap in our comfy beds or take a luxurious bath  in Chalet Alpenglow's jaccuzzi tub. Enjoy a glass of wine on our deck to watch the sunset. Then get ready for a relaxed dinner either at home, if you would like to cook, or enjoy a wonderful meal at Dutch's at Silver Tree - a rustic yet elegant upscale restaurant, with excellent food and lake view, indoor and outdoor seating. Try the house salad, with honey/lemon dressing, the lobster tail, with crab imperial and a baked potato. They also have the best crab cakes in the area. Finish your meal with a chocolate martini for dessert.

Also a great dinner place is Firewater Kitchen & Bar - a cozy and mountain chic restaurant with an outdoor firewall and delicious food. Great place for cocktails with indoor and outdoor seating and lake view.

After dinner head back home to Chalet Alpenglow, stop at Arrowhead Market which is open 24/7 and get some firewood and sparkling beverages. At home, get in your PJs, take one of the comfy blankets from the living room and sit outside around the fireplace to talk, laugh, share stories, and memories. Make plans to come back soon for another much needed ladies' weekend and selfcare.


It's time to pack. But there is still time for some fun, before you head back home. Moonshadow offers a great Sunday brunch Afterwards, visit Circle Ranch and experience the fall colors in the countryside on a horseback.

Or head to Wisp Resort and take a scenic chairlift rides to the top of the mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of Deep Creek Lake and the golden surrounding area. Venture down the mountain on one of the trails, take a short hike to the mountaintop recirculating whitewater course or return to the base on the chairlift. If you are in for a thrill with your girl friends, buy a ticket for the Wisp Mountain Coaster, a gravitational hybrid of an Alpine Slide and a Roller Coaster twisting, turning, dipping and rolling for 3,500 feet downhill.

Book your fall weekend now at Chalet Alpenglow

and make memories!

Pictures from Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Photo Gallery, Fleschner Photography and Railey Vacation Rentals

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